Joe Ragland led Wichita State (25-4, 15-2) in scoring with 14 points while Bryant Allen paced the Redbirds (17-12, 8-9) with 17. Four Shockers finished in double-digits scoring including Garrett Stutz who recorded another double-double (12 points, 14 rebounds).
The Shockers jumped out to an early 10-2 lead before going on a run and eventually building up a 12-point lead at halftime. Illinois State rallied in the second to get within 5 but back-to-back three-pointers by Ragland and Ben Smith put the Shockers ahead by 17 points with less than 10 minutes to play.
The Redbirds wree able to put together a small run with less than 8 to play to get within 11 of Wichita State, and then eventually whittled it down to 9. However, the damage was already done.
This win assures Wichita State the regular season Missouri Valley conference championship. Coincidentally, the last time the Shockers won the regular season they beat Illinois State in Normal.
The Shocker will finish the regular season at home on Saturday against Drake.